Hypnosis to Forget Someone – Getting Over an Ex

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Have you been obsessing over an ex boyfriend or girlfriend and can’t seem to get over the relationship? We all know that breaking up with someone can be deeply painful, make us feel depressed and cause terrible mood swings. In my hypnotherapy practice, it’s quite normal to receive frantic phone calls from both men and women, requesting hypnosis to get over a relationship.

If you are experiencing emotional pain over the break up, it’s important to understand what factors might be contributing to your emotions. While hypnosis can be highly effective in improving your self esteem and confidence; in my opinion, being hypnotized to forget about another person is just not practical.

How can Hypnosis Help Get Past a Relationship?

Hypnosis is a tool which can be used to help you make powerful and healthy changes in your own thinking. According to cognitive behavioral therapy, our thoughts contribute highly to our emotions and stress levels. This is why it’s a much better idea to be hypnotized to love your self again, rather than try to erase the memories of someone else. I’ll bet there was once a time, not so long ago, when would go out with friends, engaged in things you liked to do, and have a lot of fun.

That interesting, and lovable person is still there, but right now, your conscious mind is too fixated on the break up. Our conscious mind is constantly analyzing situations and is always working. Sometimes, our conscious even comes up with false labels to describe a given situation; such as: I’ll never be happy again or, he was the only person who will ever love me. It isn’t long before these distorted thoughts stop you from being happy on your own. Hypnosis works by challenging your own irrational distortions, and by making positive, healthy suggestions to your subconscious. After a hypnotic session, you will begin to see the other person for who they really are, instead of who you want them to be.

How does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis isn’t some kind of voodoo or magic trick. In fact, most of us have naturally experienced hypnosis in our own lives in one manner or another. Hypnosis is nothing more than a deeply relaxed, highly focused state of mind, by where the hypnotist makes suggestions to your subconscious. While you are in trance-like state, your conscious mind is tranquil, rather than judging and critiquing. A person in hypnosis can wake up at anytime, and can’t be made to act in a way which goes against their natural behavior. Likewise, a person under hypnosis isn’t a zombie, and doesn’t behave like a robot. If you are going to have hypnosis for relationship problems, the hypnotist will probably try to lower your stress levels, by having you focus on something peaceful and serene. Once your mind is calm, the hypnotist can talk to the non-judgmental part of your mind-the subconscious. You can be hypnotized to look at your ex as someone who doesn’t deserve your love, or someone that isn’t worth your time. This is a far more healthy alternative than trying to pretend you never met in the first place.

Relationship Addiction

A good hypnotherapist will explore the reasons you are having so much trouble coping with the loss of a relationship and use hypnosis to boost your self confidence. For a moment, look at your past relationships. Do you see a pattern where you seem to date the same type of people? Do you hang on to the relationship, even when you know it’s not healthy? When one relationship ends, do you jump right into the next? In fancy psychological terms, this phenomenon is known as co-dependency or relationship addiction. Often relationship addiction can be a learned behavior, or stem from unresolved issues from the past; such as a parents divorce or being abandon either physically or emotionally as a child. The worst fear in the world for the co-dependent person is the thought of being alone. In hypnosis therapy, the hypnotist helps the individual learn healthy coping skills and new behaviors in an effort to not repeat the same unhealthy pattern.

It’s normal to feel bad after a relationship has ended. However; if you find yourself chronically depressed after the break up, and can’t find the motivation to function, it might be a good idea to seek professional help. You will be loved by someone again one day and love someone else-it just takes a little time. Hypnosis can be used to help you get over an ex, simply by changing the way you see your ex, and more importantly, how you see yourself.

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Four Basic Types of Credit

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When people think about credit, they generally only think about loans. However there are four basic types of credit you should know about. These include service credit, loans, installment credit and credit cards.

Service loans are those associated with services like electric, cable, water, gas, telephone and the like. For some of these you have to pay a deposit, especially if you have bad credit. Having good credit can sometimes eliminate the deposit completely because the companies lending the service have confidence in your ability to pay.

Loans are types of credit that lend us cash. The loans can be for small things or little things. Loans can be secured or unsecured. Secured means you put up some collateral to support the loan if you default. Most times these types of loans are given through banks.

Installment loans are types of credit that means you pay for something over time. You usually agree to make a down payment and sign a contract as to the amount you will pay each month. Payments are usually equal for the months during the term of the loan, which can vary. The item that you purchase is the security behind the loan. If you default, the item that you purchase is by default the lenders.

Credit cards are on of the most popular and most convenient types of credit. They are given by various types of businesses and are usually backed by a bank. You may have credit cards from retail stores, banks, or other businesses such as a gasoline company.

Whichever type of credit you use, the main thing to remember is that each has its drawbacks and benefits. You should use all of them wisely and make your payments on time to avoid any negative consequences.

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If Your Girlfriend Needs Time, This is How You Give it to Her

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As we all know, relationships go through phases. There are the good times and there are the not so good times. It’s quite seasonal in nature. In fact we cant really judge someone just because one season is not as good as the others… In truth you wont see all seasons unless you stick around. In fact, it may even be worth it in the long term.

Using metaphor and analogy in dealing with relationships is great. Try not to define events…in fact try to accept and understand them, its much easier this way. Acceptance is a very beautiful thing. Another persons virtues are just important as yours and mine. During my years in high school and at university I helped a lot of friends, both female and male, they call me their love guru. All I did was listen, I never offered a solution until we both absolutely understood the problem.

I have heard and understood both male and female perspectives and guess what?… they are very very similar. I am no relationship expert, in fact, I really don’t think they exist, because every relationship and person is unique and different. I like to say that wisdom is the best strategy to adopt when dealing with relationship issues. Understanding psychology is just scratching the surface and in fact using it the wrong way is just a manipulative tool that doesn’t achieve love. I would suggest that while giving your woman time, be there for her when she is in good spirits and the bad. Be yourself and that is being the person she fell in love with.

So if you are now going through a season that might seem challenging and hard with your respective other don’t judge her, just accept her. Acceptance is a beautiful thing. What is beautiful can be so hard to describe sometimes. Even in life’s dark moments, there is beauty, and I have seen it.

There are many ways to overcome the conflicts we experience in relationships, there is no golden rule.. All those get-your-ex back articles and psychological techniques are quite manipulative.

Out of my own [and others] life experience[s], using those psychological tactics rarely are a loving way of having a peaceful relationship, they only will turn your love into a battlefield. However, the song made by Pat Benatar is great!

So what do you do if your girlfriend needs time?

**Be a realist and be cool.

The word “cool” is your friend. What do we mean by “cool”? Cool means by refraining from acting irrational and being needy. Lets not put your needs over hers, in fact, the hard times we go through in a relationship will define us- they make us stronger. So be happy, make her happy and show her you actually do care about her while maintaining your self respect. Now lets combine analogy and metaphor, using both wisdom while understanding basic psychology.

Firstly here’s some wisdom, analogy and metaphor; Love is like a tree, it needs sun, it needs “space”, it needs “time” to “grow”. Imagine this as a healthy tree and this healthy tree resembles your relationship. If you want the tree to grow you cant overshadow it and block it from the suns rays, by not giving it space and time and sunlight it will not grow. So try not to block her sunlight by always being around her and not letting her use her own inner resources to solve her own problems. Now for the psychology part. We all have a tendency to move “towards” things in life that we associate pleasure with, and we also have a tendency to move “away” from things in life that we associate pain to. This is true. Have you been pushing her away?

**Show empathy and compassion.

Empathy. Put yourself in her shoes, what is she feeling right now? Can you relate to what she is going through at work, home, friends and most importantly your relationship with her. If she is stressed, don’t stress her out more, instead make every encounter a soothing experience with her, you will not only be making her happy you will be able to show her why you are together and that you are so great, it actually is reinforcing her initial reason of why she loves you. Remember she loved[s] you for a reason. I am very sure you made her happy and excited when she first met you, it is so easy to do it again and better. Why? Because you share history and you are such a great person. Constantly provide value and don’t fear losing her and see what happens.

The word “love”. This word has so many meanings and it is often abused, misleads or scares people away. Well love is everywhere and it is not a definable feeling. Even if your girlfriend has not said I love you, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t. Love is expressed in so many ways. Express your love to her by being patient and accepting her just as she is even if she is being really cold right now. Guys, I quote: “Love is not seeing a perfect person, it is seeing an “imperfect” person perfectly.”

**Go out with your friends or plan a getaway with them.

I am very confident that you will feel refreshed sitting in a spa, having some drinks making a bbq and just relaxing. You will find that the person you were when you met your girlfriend was an outgoing and independent person, don’t lose that independence. If you are having a drink with the boys stay safe and don’t over do it, have fun!

**When she talks to you.

Listen to her. Stay quite. Look in her eyes and don’t interrupt her. Answer all of her questions and be honest.

If you maintain eye contact you will create a deeper understanding, in fact she will really feel listened to. Use empathetic communication. i.e “yeah by what your saying, you must really feel…” Don’t engage in solution based conversation until you both really understand the whole problem. Let her talk and talk and talk, even if you don’t like what she is saying. Sometimes I make this mistake too I just ramble on.

When its time to go your separate ways where ever you are, give her a hug if thats all she likes at the moment, don’t go in for a kiss. You will find over time she will kiss you on the cheek and then slowly she will open up. Say goodnight or what it is you generally say and thank her for coming out. The same goes for her telephone calls.

**Make her feel like she is a great girlfriend.

There is nothing worse than for a woman to think she has been a horrible witch to her boyfriend. Yes they do feel bad if they hurt you. I mean it. Whenever she apologises, forgive her, if you do wrong apologise also. This is a start to some healing. Tell her you think she is great even if she has really upset you the past few weeks.

**Make her laugh.

Its OK to act funny in a manly sense I tend to repeat something and change my tone making it funny. Women love this. Remember girls want to have fun, just like us guys.

**Do not make her jealous using other women.

Yes, jealously is a very strong motivational factor in bringing someone home but, jealously can erode her judgment and make her react for the wrong reason and it wont be out of love, I can assure you. I believe in two forms of jealousy, they are good jealousy and bad jealousy. Good jealousy is generally when we have a small feel of it but it immediately stops then and there and doesn’t toxify your relationship. You feel a certain emotion but it makes you acknowledge you have emotion there.

The good jealously happens while your in a relationship and it doesn’t undermine your self respect or theirs. Bad jealously will do the exact opposite, it continues and plagues your relationship causing suspicion, lack of trust and evidently insecurity. Don’t play around with jealousy, especially with your girlfriend to make her feel jealous, its more powerful than you think and it might bite you back.

**Do not give her an ultimatum.

The worst thing you can do is give her a time-limit on how long your going to stick around for or for her to make a decision. I warn you that you will be the loser. Ultimatums rarely work and this is coming from my experience as a lawyer and understanding of having a win-win situation. If you use an ultimatum, consider it a lose-lose situation.

Its perfectly OK for you to tell her that your getting hurt and frustrated and that the relationship is not what you really want. You could certainly tell her you wont be sticking around if she continues to be cold- You have a right to make your decisions and act on them (If you go down this track you would have obviously thought this over and you really want to end things). Don’t say this to manipulate her to bring her back, she might chase you but its not going to be out of love, it will be out of fear. Trust me acting out of love is much more better to achieve a peaceful relationship in the long run.

**Be strong!

This is a must. I have not seen this anywhere in any online publications. This is not only important for you as a man, but it is important for her to see that you are her rock. If she is going to one day marry you and have your kids, she doesn’t want someone that cant control his emotions and acts like a little kid. Being strong not only makes her feel supported, you will exude confidence the right way.

**Keep balance, exercise, read and eat right.

Stay knowledgeable on world events, read a novel, exercise at the gym and eat right. You will look better, feel better and you will also be occupying your self staying busy. This is not only important for your own well being, it is attractive as you have a world outside theirs.

The reason your girlfriend needs time may not be about you solely, it is about her, respect that. Be open to what she says and let her figure things out her own way and give her as much time as she wants. If you wanted time and you were in her situation, would you want your girlfriend making demands from you. Treat others as you want to be treated and trust me, thats an easy yet bullet proof strategy for your relationship.

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What are OFNP, OFNR, OFNG and OFCG? Understanding Fiber Optic Cable Fire Ratings

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Just like copper cables, NEC (National Electrical Code) requires indoor fiber optic cables be marked with their fire and smoking ratings. NEC requires all indoor fiber cables be marked correctly and installed properly for its intended use.

According to NEC, a building’s inside area is divided into three types of sections: plenums, risers and general purpose areas.

:: What is a Plenum area?

A Plenum area is a building space used for air flow or air distribution system. In most buildings, the area above a drop ceiling or under a raised floor is used as the air return (source of air) for the air conditioning. Those drop ceiling and raised floors are also where fiber cables are often installed. If those cables were burning, they would give off toxic fumes and the fumes would be fed to the rest of the building by the air conditioner. As a result, people could be injured even though they are a long way from the fire.

:: What is a Riser area?

A Riser area is a floor opening, shaft or duct that runs vertically through one or more floors

:: What is General Purpose area?

All other area that is not plenum or riser and on the same floor is a general purpose area.

:: Fiber Optic Cable Fire and Smoking Rating Markings

OFNP Cables:

OFNP stands for Optical Fiber Nonconductive Plenum. OFNP cables have fire-resistance and low smoke production characteristics. They can be installed in ducts, plenums and other spaces used for building airflow. This is the highest fire rating fiber cable and no other cable types can be used as substitutes.

OFCP Cables:

OFCP stands for Optical Fiber Conductive Plenum. OFCP cables have the same fire and smoking rating as OFNP cables but they have a conducting armor or central strength member which is usually steel. OFCP cables must be properly grounded at both ends. As a result, OFCP cables can not be installed in the same cable tray or conduit as power cables.

OFNR Cables:

OFNR stands for Optical Fiber Nonconductive Riser. OFNR cables are used in Riser areas which are building vertical shafts or runs from one floor to another floor. OFNR cables can not be installed in plenum areas since they do not have the required fire and smoking rating as Plenum rated cables. OFNP plenum cables can be used as substitutes for OFNR cables.

OFCR Cables:

OFCR stands for Optical Fiber Conductive Riser. OFCR cables have the same fire rating characteristics as OFNR cables but they have conducting armor or central strength member which is usually steel. OFCR cables should also be properly grounded at both ends. OFCP cables can be used as substitutes for OFCR cables. OFCR cables can not be installed in the same cable trays or conduits as power cables.

OFNG Cables:

OFNG stands for Optical Fiber Nonconductive General-Purpose. They are typically used in horizontal cabling, single floor applications. OFNG cables can not be used in plenums or risers. OFNP and OFNR cables both can be used as substitutes for OFNG cables.

OFCG Cables:

OFCG stands for Optical Fiber Conductive General-Purpose. They have the same fire characteristics as OFNG cables but they have conducting armor or central strength members which is typically steel. OFCG cables should be properly grounded at both ends. They should not be installed in the same cable tray or conduits as power cables.

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How to Remove Hair Dye From Bathrooms and Bathroom Tiles

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If you’ve recently dyed your hair and unfortunately managed to get some hair dye onto your bathroom tiles or your bathtub, there are a number of things you can try to remove it.

Before you start, you should remember that you don’t want to take any of the enamel off the coating of your tile. Porcelain and ceramic tiles often have a high gloss finish that you don’t want to damage. If you do, your tiles will look matted and worn. You may also scratch them.

Also, be sure to do a test patch on a small area on an unseen or un-noticeable tile. (Even better, use a spare tile that’s not on your bathroom wall – at Builder Superstore we recommend adding 10% of your order on top to account for spares, breakages and replacements.)

-If you can, wipe as much of the hair dye off the bathroom tile or bath as soon as it occurs. Spray with hairspray and wipe.

-If you have hair dye stains in your bath, fill the bath with water and bleach, and leave to soak overnight. (Be sure to keep the area well ventilated).

-You can buy specialist products such as Scrubbing Bubbles (used in many salons), or Magic Eraser. (Be sure to do test patches).

-If you have marble tiles in your bathroom, you can use alcohol to remove it.

-Peroxide gel or a bleach pen can also be used to remove hair dye from porcelain or ceramic tiles.

-You could also purchase (at a high cost) colour remover from a hairdresser. This is used to strip hair dye, so may work on your tiles too.

-Cigarette ash mixed with a little water has also been cited as a useful method to remove dye from tiles.

– If you have hair dye in your tile grout, this can easily be re-grouted over the top. Be sure to seal the grout as well, to ensure it is waterproof.

-DO NOT USE LEMON JUICE.

With everything, be sure to seek professional opinion, do test patches and follow manufacturers instructions.

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The Benefits of Safe Driving

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Some of the benefits of driving safely are obvious (you are less likely to die). But some are a little less evident. Have you ever thought about the gas that you save by driving the speed limit? Or the incredible amount of money you will save on your car insurance? These things will save you a ton of money over your lifetime. Being a good driver is much more than just staying out of accidents.

Speed limits have a couple of functions.  They limit the speed on a freeway to a safe amount (theoretically), and they are optimized to improve fuel efficiency in cars.  Driving the speed limit, which is slower than most people drive, will lower the amount of drag that is put on your car by the air.  This allows your car to move freer through the air and get better gas mileage through better aerodynamics.  If you couple this with properly inflating your tires to the recommended PSI and not running the air conditioner you are going to squeeze every MPG you can out of your car.

Safe driving can help prevent accidents.  Obviously, not all accidents can be prevented, but you are going to reduce the chance that you are the cause of the accident.  This is going to keep your insurance premiums dramatically lower.  If you have already been in a car accident that you were at fault for you have seen what happens to your monthly payment.  Safe driving also lowers the risk that you are doing something dumb and getting a ticket.  Tickets will also increase your insurance premiums.

Drive smart, drive safe, and save a ton of money!

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What’s So Special About Calvin Klein Underwear?

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Calvin Klein is a name that has been associated with quality and style. Although there are several lines of clothing produced and available, their underwear is top of the line. Although known for its provocative advertising CK underwear is known for comfort and quality.

Purchasing underwear is a little different than other items of clothing. You do not have the option of trying on different types of under clothing before making that final purchase. It must be paid for before you get a chance to see if it going to work for you or not. However, after the initial purchase of garments bearing the CK label one can rest assured that it will provide a comfortable fit and is well worth the money.

There is a full line of CK underwear which meets a wide variety of choices in style and comfort. They have styles which meet the one with more traditional needs and also provide more contemporary styles for the young and young at heart. No matter which style is preferred rest assured comfort and durability will not be among the things which must be compromised.

A few years ago CK began a series of advertisements which were considered rather provocative. These are not far-fetched ideas; they carry all sorts of styles to compliment all body types and builds. They pride themselves in the variety of styles which are designed to highlight different body structures and make them very attractive.

Calvin Klein underwear offers an especially smooth and flexible brand of clothing. It ensures the wearer that they will have maximum comfort. Styles come in a plethora of colors and designs. They have several unique patterns which offer the latest styles available on the market. This of course includes their trademark waist band with CK insignia.

These styles are available for women, children and men. Virtually everyone in the family can enjoy the same level of comfort and style. It is also an exceptional value for the money as one of the main features is quality and durability of their products. Customers can trust that anything produced by CK will be of the finest quality.

Everyone can pretty much agree that style and comfort are the two main features that are expected from any line of clothing. When you purchase CK underwear you will never be disappointed it either of these aspects. They have a distinctive line of clothing which will intrigue and please even the toughest customer.

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Ways to Save Your Home Thermal Energy

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In home keeping, one large expense item in the household bill is normally electricity usage. It is such an indispensable need that any power outage raises a very audible howl of protest among the population. In apportioning electricity usage, meanwhile, heating takes a large chunk, often more than the lighting, ironing and housecleaning portions. It therefore follows that if you can minimize heat loss in the spaces within your home you automatically save on electricity expenses. The following suggestions may help you keep the warmth in your home better and longer.

Find the air drafts:

Openings or gaps in your wall, roof or ceiling allow heated air to escape and cold air to seep in, forcing your radiator or furnace to work harder to raise the interior temperature to the level set in the thermostat. This costs you money.

To find the drafts, visit the corners where the walls meet and hold up a wet finger. Any extra coldness at one side of the finger will indicate an air draft and its directional source. Gaps may have appeared in the wall’s frame abutments due to the wood shrinking after some time. Scrutinize the place and find the gap or gaps so you can seal it with silicone, sealant, filler or similar material your hardware salesman or building engineer might recommend.

You may do the same near window frames, door jambs, floors, foundation concrete and wall sidings, or wherever there possibly are gaps. A lighted candle (if not dangerous), puffs of powder, and cigarette incense smoke are alternative methods of finding gaps and openings.

Lower your thermostat setting a little:

One degree lower and you save about five percent in your electricity bill. And you will hardly notice the difference in the warmth levels, too.

Let the sunshine in:

If it not too cold, open your drapes and windows during the day to allow the sunshine and its heat into the room, then close them before the day closes to trap the heat in. At least it will jumpstart your temperature control later to minimize radiator or furnace usage.

Refrain from heating spaces you do not use:

If your floors or rooms are heat-controlled separately, you can turn down the heat in those you don’t use. Lowering the thermostat setting on the ground floor since you all sleep upstairs, for instance, can save much electricity consumption in your home.

Insulate the house:

Drafts may still exist in places you cannot reach easily such as the roof. To determine this, look several times at the snow on your roof a few hours or days after the snowfall stops. If the snow on your roof disappears faster than your neighbor’s, you might have a drafty roof which allows heat from the house interior to escape. Have it insulated by a professional so the warmth stays in longer and save you as much as one third on your heating bill.

These simple measures can save you money in the short and long terms so why not do them?

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Is Beech Wood the Best Choice for Furniture?

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Typically some furniture and children’s toys are made from beech wood. It is a beautiful wood, light colored with a great grain. It is not the easiest wood for craftsman to work with, which is why there is perhaps slightly less beech furniture than other hard wood furniture. However, if you know how to work it, it is usually well worth the effort and time it takes to do so. The resultant furniture will be a beautiful light colored piece that will fit well in any room.

Unlike another light wood sometimes used for cabinet making, pine wood, beech has a couple of added advantages which in many ways gives beech furniture the edge over pine furniture. It is odorless. If you are bothered by wood smells, or if you prefer not to have a wood smell in your bedroom or living room yet you still want light colored furniture then beech furniture may be more to your liking. Pine wood is also very soft wood. It is easily dented and damaged. As such, it is not always the ideal choice for furniture that is likely to get a lot of use or for children’s rooms especially if they play in their bedrooms a lot-unless it is finished in such a way that actually hardens the wood.

There are some instances, however, when beech wood furniture is not the best choice. By nature, beech wood is very absorbent. It soaks up moisture a lot, thus it makes sense that it is not idea for either outdoor furniture or to use in locations where the air is very damp and humid. It will swell up, making cupboard doors very difficult to close for example. Unless you live in a relatively dry location you may not want to use beech wood. It is also not recommended for kitchens or bathrooms for the same reasons. Even on an outdoor patio, unless you are sure the furniture will not get wet or be exposed to damp morning or evening air, you should not use it.

Even with the limitations on beech furniture, you will find that a beech wardrobe, beech dresser or other beech furniture can be a fantastic addition to any room. Its fresh light color and durability make it ideal to use for bedroom or living room furniture, as well as for a dining table and chair set. Providing the area is not subject to dampness, your beech furniture should last a long time.

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Creating a Graduation Party Open House Photo Memory Board

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Displaying a picture memory board is a good addition to your graduation open house and a great way to honor your graduate.

Choose a display board like the kind required for science fair projects. Office supply stores sell several kinds of tri-fold display boards. You can purchase a foam core board or one less expensive made of corrugated cardboard. These standard presentation boards are self-standing and work quite well to display pictures of your graduate from birth to graduation. I suggest using one tri-fold board for the pictures up until the graduate’s senior year. A second board could display pictures of senior year activities, sports, prom, and graduation (if your open house is scheduled after graduation). The first board can even be finalized in the fall or winter of the graduate’s senior year. The second board can be partially completed and then finalized the month before your celebration.

Select pictures from your photo albums or photo bins with your teen (if they’re willing). It’s nice to have a wide variety of pictures including pictures of your child by himself/herself, pictures with siblings, parents, special friends, other relatives, and pictures of each sport or activity in which your child participated. It’s great to include cute and funny pictures, but your teen will appreciate it if you leave out any embarrassing pictures.

Once your pictures are gathered, lay the board down flat and set the pictures on the board in various patterns until you decide on the best design. A collage, where all the pictures are overlapping, gives a nice effect, but guests can better view pictures that are spaced apart. Handwritten captions can be written on the board with fine point markers, or computer-generated captions can be designed, printed on white or colored paper, cut-out, and glued underneath pictures. Be brief in your picture captions as guests will want to spend most of their time visiting with others.

You can then either glue the original pictures in place, or make copies of the pictures at a department or photo store and use the copies for the display board so your originals are not altered. Glue sticks work well for attaching photos, but be generous, making sure to spread the glue to all outside edges and in the middle of the pictures. Double-sided tape is an alternative to glue. Photos with a matte finish, rather than glossy, will be easier for your guess to see from all directions without glare.

Accents can be added to the display board between pictures. You can use colored construction paper or other colored paper, preferably in school colors, to decorate with words or shapes. Or colored paper can be placed behind the pictures to frame them. Fun stickers picturing graduation hats, diplomas, or graduation gowns or stickers representing the sports or activities your child participated in can be placed around the board to fill empty spaces. Items like graduation tassels can be taped on the board to add a 3-D effect.

If you want to be even more creative, you can create professional-looking posters using the Snapfish website. Go to www.Snapfish.com You can upload photos and create up to a 20×30″ collage poster of your favorite pictures, adding titles and personal messages. You can improve photos (removing “red eyes”, etc.), crop, arrange the layout, and choose the background. This amazing masterpiece will preserve your child’s memories for years to come. If you mount the poster on a foam core board, they will stand on their own and won’t easily get damaged.

After your open house you may choose to save and store the pictures boards, or, an alternative is to take pictures of your boards with a camera, section-by-section and as a whole, so you and your graduate can enjoy them without keeping the large boards.

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